Taurean Brown: The Revolution Will Be Organized: A revolutionary’s response to Ferguson
It’s been one month since those who protect and serve white supremacy murdered Mike Brown. Over this month, it feels like history has repeated itself yet again. The system has suppressed, the people have resisted, and still we see no justice for the murder of our young brother Mike Brown.
It’s like déjà vu. We saw it happen in Watts in 1965, Chicago in 1968, Miami in 1980, and in LA in 1992. The people of Ferguson were fed up with continuous terrorization, brutalization, and overall systemic oppression and rose up in righteous rebellion against the power structure. For every action, there is a reaction. What happened in Ferguson was a reaction, to the oppressive actions of police and state.
For weeks all eyes were fixed upon the town of Ferguson, MO. The media frenzy was high as the enemy scrambled to suppress the mass of uncompromising people demanding justice for Mike Brown. The oppressor used every trick in the book, from putting a Black man “in charge” to calling in so-called Black leaders to pacify the people. The enemy even turned the town of Ferguson into a literal warzone where people on the ground had to engage in a revolutionary struggle to preserve their humanity. Around the country people had their false-sense of comfort shaken again by what happened to Mike Brown and the vicious attack on the people of Ferguson. Rallies, vigils, and protests spread like wildfires through Amerikkka and around the globe. Social media timelines were filled with #DontShoot and #HandsUp pics. Celebrities, dignitaries, and even the President commented on Ferguson. However in spite of this humungous response from the people, we still haven’t even received an arrest for Darren Wilson. Now the hype has begun to die down, and many people are slowly going to back to sleep. Where did we go wrong?
Every time we have a sensationalized injustice, we get mad, we protest, we wait on justice, and eventually we go back to sleep. Why does this happen? It happens because we are mobilized but not organized. History can’t be repeated, but errors can be. We have continued to make the error of mobilizing around issues, and not organizing against the system. In order to be productive in a liberation struggle the difference between mobilization and organization must be understood. Mobilization is temporary, while organization is constant. Organization is proactive, calculated, and uncompromising. Mobilization is reactionary, compromising, and often non-specifically center around action.
It’s easy to mobilize people these days, especially during sensationalized events as the murder of Mike Brown. After a while, it even became trendy to respond to Ferguson. This is not to discredit anyone’s contribution, because trendy or not, it showed solidarity with Ferguson and raised awareness. However trendy consciousness and mobilization will not get us the liberation and power we so desperately seek. Power only comes from the organized masses. We have seen time and time again how unsuccessful mobilization alone is when it comes to improving our condition. Mobilization at its best leads to reform, and reform is not going to solve our problems. The only way oppressed people will achieve liberation in this land is through revolution. Revolution takes organization, without organization it’s just a mobilized unproductive reaction that is bound to fail.
Earlier in my activist career, I thought I could take the renegade approach to the struggle. Due to my disdain for the political drama that arises in organizations, I thought I would be able to fight for the people without being involved with a particular organization. I now understand that I was operating under an unconscious state of mind. In order to be truly productive towards the liberation of our people, one MUST be organized. True power comes from a people who are conscious, organized, armed, and uncompromising. Anyone who truly wants to get involved needs to join an organization that is working for the people with whom they share similar ideologies and strategies. If no such organization exists, then that person should take action and create one. Some people might think we have too many organizations currently, but I disagree. We could have three hundred different organizations working for the people, and if every oppressed person was an ACTIVE member of at least one of those orgs, we would see Amerikkka tremble and crack. As long as the orgs have an united front under the goal of freedom, nothing can stop their progress.
In order for liberation organizations to be productive and successful they must address the needs of the people. These organization must take a radical approach in addressing the conditions which exist. I say radical to mean that the organizations must focus on the root of the problems. Building a revolution will require people to be radicalized in order to increase our social/cultural, political, and economic power.
Our social/cultural power will be raised once we elevate our consciousness about our identity, history, and how the enemy operates. Many people are unconscious; they have no idea of who they are or where they come from. They only know what the oppressor has conditioned them to know. Due to their unconsciousness many fall into the traps of self-destruction created by enemy. Our people and especially our youth need revolutionary education. This education must challenge the status quo and teach our people to be critical thinkers.
Also many of our people are still unconscious to the issues of other marginalized groups within and outside of our community. This unconsciousness comes at a heavy price as many aid in the oppression of these marginalized groups such as women, LGBTQ, people w/disabilities, etc. Organizations must provide spaces and opportunities to wake people up to their own contributions to oppression. We can’t organize sleeping people who think and act like oppressors.
Our political power will be raised once we stop buying into the liberal versus conservative distraction that Amerikkka has created. Neither the liberal or conservative ideology cares anything about the collective condition of Black and Brown people. Post our so-called Emancipation; Black people have blindly given our votes away to political parties and individuals who ignore our issues. We need to create our own political party. Though we are only a small percentage of the population, we are often deciding factors in many elections. We need to use this fact to our advantage. But don’t be mistaken; voting will not solve our problems. Voting however can be a way to improve our condition until revolution comes.
Another part of raising our political power is by arming ourselves. For far too long we have allowed to oppressor to condition us to think that the only way we should respond is through nonviolence. The enemy does this because he knows that nonviolence alone will never dismantle the power structure of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. Amerikkka is the most violent country in modern history. To think that it is going to just to give up its power without violence is illogical. We must understand that nonviolence is a worthy and necessary tactic, but it should not be a principle in which we have to subscribe to at all times. Pan-Afrikanist revolutionary Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) once stated, “In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.” Organized people struggling against a violent oppressor must be able to protect themselves should an attack come. We must not be afraid to defend ourselves; it is essential in our struggle for freedom.
To build a revolution we need resources. In order to gain resources in this society we must increase our economic power. Though our struggle is against capitalism, we must build the wealth of our community in order to feed, house, clothe, and protect our community. Organizations must work to elevate the financial awareness of our people. Our people have to learn how to invest and save money. We have to teach more our people to creators. If we have to continue to go our oppressor for jobs, we will forever be enslaved to them. We should be able to employ our own people. We must pool resources and support each other as we strive to bring more resources to our people.
Revolution is our only solution. The systems that rule over the United States of Amerikkka are rotten to the core. It would be unwise to think the system that creates our oppression can somehow give us liberation. Audre Lorde told us that the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Freedom cannot be given; it must be taken. If we really want to take our freedom, then we must get organized. We cannot continue to focus on individual injustices and ignore the system which creates these injustices. The true justice for Mike Brown will come with the revolution, and the new society created from it. In the words of our dear brother Kwame Ture, we must ORGANIZE! ORGANIZE! ORGANIZE! Stay Woke.